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Secret Star Wars Production Shooting in Hollywood - for Star Tours

Boba Fett Star Wars Yesterday was the third day of a secret LucasFilm film shoot in West Hollywood. If you were allowed to enter the “LODESTAR” production stage, you would’ve seen Boba Fett, Admiral Ackbar, a Tusken Raider, and even some Jawas. C3PO himself Anthony Daniels will be filming later this week. So what is LucasFilm shooting? George Lucas isn’t making a another Star Wars movie (not yet anyways) or additional scenes for some super duper special edition. And No, the Star Wars live-action television series has yet to begin production. So what is it?

LucasFilm is shooting new footage for the Disney’s Star Tours ride. Sorry guys, had to do the big tease. It was too good not to…

The ride really hasn’t been updated since it opened in 1987. It’s not the total podracer reboot that was rumored a few years back, thank God. I’m hearing that its essentially the same ride but updated. It sounds to me like they might be shooting the footage in 3D, but I’m not sure.

Our source reveals that the revamp will incorporate prequel characters (like Naboo citizens and Geonosians) along with many aliens from the original trilogy (Aqualish. Bith, Rodians, etc). In the action sequence, the Star Tours vehicle is now going to be chased by Boba Fett. C3PO and R2-D2 are still the hosts, and Anthony Daniels will be recording his parts this week.

Admiral Ackbar holographically communicates with the Star Tours vehicle. Right now they’re shooting mostly green screen footage, as it is the middle part of the production timeline. I was a huge fan of this ride as a kid, but when I revisited it a few years back, it did feel dated. Not in a “Back to the Future… The Ride” way. The experience of entering the Star Wars universe was still there, it was the technology that felt dated, especially compared to some of the rides that have been opened in the last decade. If the revamp incorporates 3D as I suspect (there is a convergence tech on set) and features new action sequences (ie Boba Fett), it would add new life to the aging theme park attraction.


Disney’s Internal Star Wars Weekends Posters

StarWars.com has posted four posters created to promote [Disney’s Star Wars Weekends among employees at Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios theme park. For those of you who don’t know, Star Wars Weekends is an annual summer special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park that celebrates George Lucas’ Star Wars. Disney presents special shows, presentations, memorabilia, as well as appearances from actors from the Star Wars films.


STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
adywan said:
Dangerous Incorporated said:

If there is a camera shake for this AT-AT falling then there should be one for the AT-AT Luke assists take down.

there will be no camera shake added for any of the AT-AT's falling



Ok cool. So just added soundfx to enhance that then?


STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

If there is a camera shake for this AT-AT falling then there should be one for the AT-AT Luke asissts take down.


I dont mind that the Rebels manage to take out those AT-ATs because  they still look omminent and domineering and the fact that the Empire actually invades the Rebels base and MF just gets away  keeps the suspense up. Well not as much anymore as weve seen it a million times but you get what I mean.

STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
ImperialFighter said:

And there was some added camera shake to SW:R when the Falcon was caught in it's 'tractor beam'

There's a lotta shakin' potentially going on in the O.T.:Revisited....  :)

Thanx for the clip. It works well.

I hadnt noticed any others off hand. Will have to look again tonight.


Info: Star Wars - Episode IV A New Hope Deleted Scenes (on youtube)

Just came across this pre-post production cut of:

Luke’s Original Intro:


Tatooine Cantina:


Biggs & Luke:


Commander Bast:


Lingerie Lightsaber Fight - Star Wars Fan Film

This mock commercial written and directed by Adam Green, who also directed the 2006 horror film Hatchet, was just an excuse to get two beautiful women (Rileah Vanderbilt and Clare Grant) fighting with lightsabers in their underwear. I’m surprised that no one had come up with this idea sooner (especially with the abundance of Star Wars-inspired fan films out there).


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Beatles Remastered Albums Due in September

I heard the albums were going to be remixed like The Yellow Submarine Songtrack released in 1999 or the recent Genesis' box sets. If so, that'll be a big improvement. A few years ago, the USA (Capitol) versions of the albums were re-released and sold in sets, but I don't know of many people interested in those, lol.

So more money for Michael Jackson then huh?

LucasFilm Tells David Prowse that Return of the Jedi Hasn’t Made a Profit!?

During an interview with Equity Magazine, David Prowse, the actor who played (but didn’t voice) Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, claims that LucasFilm has yet to pay him any residual payments on Return of the Jedi because the the film has yet to make a profit.

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time,” said Prowse. “I don’t want to look like I’m bitching about it,” he said, “but on the other hand, if there’s a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it.”

Of course, Return of the Jedi has grossed over $572 million worldwide, which includes an estimated $88 million when the film was re-released in 1997. So how is it possible that the film has yet to make a profit? Prowse really can’t be serious, can he?

TimesOnline contacted LucasFilm about the story but the company declined to comment as a matter of policy. In the interview, Prowse warns young actors to know exactly what kind of contracts they are signing:

“There is a big difference between having a share of the gross profit and having a share of the net profit. It is a huge difference in just one word. Sometimes, with net profit, with all the expenses and so on, it seems like you end up paying them.”

Hollywood contracts are notoriously one-sided, but I’m pretty sure Prowse must be mistaken about that letter and what might be owed to him for Return of the Jedi, right?


/Film reader Seth posted the following in the comments: Gross profit is what you get if you are a big enough actor or producer to demand this. You get a percentage of profit based on the gross of the film - how much it makes before any costs. Therefore, you are guaranteed to get paid since the studio can’t hide anything. Very few people can demand gross points. But if you have them and your film hits big, you make millions. In fact, this can be so profitable you will sometimes see big stars forgo any salary at all except union minimum just to get these points.

Unfortunately, Mr. Prowse relates what is almost universally the case with a net profit clause. Studios almost never pay on this clause, as they claim nearly any and every expense possible to keep the film from showing any actual profit. Very few films have ever shown a net profit on the books.

How do they do this? Well first, imagine that George Lucas decided to go to New York tomorrow to talk about showing Return of the Jedi in 3D. And he stayed at the Ritz Carlton, ordered sushi at 3 a.m. from room service and used the hotel phone to call Bahrain to make prank calls.

Well, 26 years after the release of the film, the accountants at Lucasfilm are going to charge $86,000 to the costs of Return of the Jedi. I am NOT joking. This is what they do. If George Lucas utters the words Star Wars and he’s spending money, they’re putting it on the red line for one of those films.

On the flipside, Mr. Prowse would be wise to use the FORCE, aka a lawyer, to get Lucasfilm to cough up. You see, as you can tell by the above, the accounting is utter bullshit. And on a film like Return of the Jedi, Lucasfilm would be extremely reluctant to open its books in open court. Extremely reluctant because of how incredibly embarrassed studios have been in the past when they have made the mistake of doing this. Plus, the ensuing publicity would be embarrassing to Lucasfilm. Can you imagine the hedlines if Darth Vader sued George Lucas? In short, if you have net participation on a film that has grossed hundreds of millions, you may get some dough, but you’ll have to sue to get it.